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Man sentenced in slaying of young mother bound in duct tape, shot in front of son

By Robert A. Cronkleton Updated May 12, 2019 12:55 PM A Kansas City man who bound a young mother with duct tape and shot her in the head with their 2-year-old son nearby has been sentenced to prison, according to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s office. A Jackson County judge sentenced Joseph Gonsalez, 24, of Kansas […]



Jury finds suspect guilty of several crimes in domestic violence case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — (March 11, 2019) For the past week, the family of Elizabeth Richards has listened and watched gruesome evidence in the death of the 19-year-old young woman. The suspected gunman, her ex-boyfriend and father of her son, Joseph Gonsalez, was charged with several crimes. During closing arguments Monday afternoon, defense attorney, John […]



Donahue receives 10-year sentence on manslaughter charge

By Sue Sterling sue.sterling@dsjnow.com  WARRENSBURG — Jema Donahue received a 10-year prison sentence Monday, Jan. 28, on charges related to the shooting death of her husband, Javon Donahue, on April 4, 2017. In November, a jury in 17th Circuit Court found Jema Donahue guilty of voluntary manslaughter, unlawful use of a weapon, felony murder, […]



Was it a coverup? Records, picture changed in Jackson County jail inmate’s death

By Mike Hendricks December 16, 2018 05:30 AM, Reports of shocking brutality, filth and incompetence within the walls of the Jackson County Detention Center have sparked multiple investigations and no shortage of controversy. Reports of shocking brutality, filth and incompetence within the walls of the Jackson County Detention Center have sparked multiple investigations and no […]



‘Not guilty’ – Sauerbry jury not swayed by circumstantial evidence

By By Mike Genet / mike.genet@examiner.net Posted Apr 21, 2016 at 10:17 PM Brandy Shipp Rogge said she and her family wanted to see justice for her mother after 12 years, but she also knew the state had a difficult case to prove Jeffrey Sauerbry’s guilt in the death and dismemberment of her mother, Summer […]



Mother of slain Lee’s Summit police officer forgives killer in 2017 Westport shooting

Mother of slain Lee’s Summit police officer forgives killer in 2017 Westport shooting By Glenn E. Rice And Tony Rizzo grice@kcstar.com trizzo@kcstar.com October 03, 2018 10:25 AM A Kansas City man pleaded guilty Wednesday in the 2017 fatal shooting of an off-duty Lee’s Summit police officer. Sean D. Steward, 23, pleaded guilty to a charge […]



Jackson County will pay $150,000 to family of man who died after chair restraint

By Mike Hendricks, mhendricks@kcstar.com Updated April 30, 2018 06:16 PM Jackson County will pay $150,000 to settle the wrongful death claim filed by the family of a man who died of a drug overdose after being placed in a restraint chair last summer at the Jackson County Detention Center. Richard DeGraffenreid, 35, was arrested on […]



Judge says boy did not aim at police. “We’re very pleased,” said Attorney John Picerno

  Judge says boy did not aim at police CHRISTINE VENDEL The Kansas City Star PUBLICATION: Kansas City Star, The (MO) SECTION: METRO DATE: March 8, 2002 EDITION: METROPOLITAN Page: B4 A juvenile court judge has ruled that a 15-year-old boy wounded by police in December did flee from the officer but did not point a […]



Boyfriend of mother sentenced to 30 years as part of plea bargain.

Man confesses to killing girl, 4 Boyfriend of mother sentenced to 30 years as part of plea bargain. JOE LAMBE Staff Writer PUBLICATION: The Kansas City Star SECTION: JOHNSON COUNTY/METRO DATE: April 21, 1995 EDITION: JOHNSON COUNTY Page: C3 Four-year-old Briiana Buersmeyer’s mother said the girl would cry when she went to work and left her […]



Misconduct by Prosecutor in River Market corpse case

Misconduct cited in River Market corpse case MARK MORRIS, The Kansas City Star PUBLICATION: Kansas City Star, The (MO) SECTION: BREAKING DATE: February 11, 2009 EDITION: 1 Citing misconduct by a prosecutor, a Jackson County judge threw out guilty pleas Tuesday of a man convicted in 2005 of abandoning a woman’s body in his Jeep […]